The Way of Tenderness

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“Manuel’s teaching is a thought-provoking, much-needed addition to contemporary Buddhist literature.”Publishers Weekly


Awakening through Race, Sexuality, and Gender

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

In The Way of Tenderness, Zen priest Zenju Earthlyn Manuel brings Buddhist philosophies of emptiness and appearance to bear on race, sexuality, and gender, using wisdom forged through personal experience and practice to rethink problems of identity and privilege. Manuel brings her own experiences as a lesbian black woman into conversation with Buddhism to square our ultimately empty nature with superficial perspectives of everyday life. Her hard-won insights reveal that dry wisdom alone is not sufficient to heal the wounds of the marginalized; an effective practice must embrace the tenderness found where conventional reality and emptiness intersect. Only warmth and compassion can cure hatred and heal the damage it wreaks within us. This is a book that will teach us all.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 144 pages, 5.00 x 8.00 inches
  • $15.95
  • ISBN 9781614291251
  • ebook
  • 144 pages
  • $11.99
  • ISBN 9781614291497
about the author
The Way of Tenderness

Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, PhD, is an author, visual artist, drummer, and Zen Buddhist priest based in East Oakland, CA. She was raised with two sisters in Los Angeles after her parents migrated there from Creole Louisiana. She is the author of Tell Me Something About Buddhism and contributing author to many books, including Dharma, Color and Culture: New Voices in Western Buddhism and The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women.

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